The Real Welcoming Church: Imitating God, Thinking Like Jesus
Imagine your life transforming from: Selfishness to others-focused service Getting to giving Inertia to energy Complaining to overflowing gratitude Plodding to laser-focused purpose This is what you will...
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Imagine your life transforming from:
Selfishness to others-focused service
Getting to giving
Inertia to energy
Complaining to overflowing gratitude
Plodding to laser-focused purpose
This is what you will experience as a member of a real welcoming church as revealed in this book. Based on imitating God (Ephesians 5:1) and thinking like Jesus (Philippians 2:5), this book leads each reader into an honest self-examination and church evaluation, based completely on God's Word, and into four key life stages:
Stage 1. Struggling church: Start where you are and discover what keeps you and your church from joyful growth and continually bearing much fruit for Jesus.
Stage 2. Godly church: Discover how God wants you and your church to think, act, and welcome others as you interact with Old and New Testament principles.
Stage 3: Inviting church: Explore the signs, evidences, processes and results of the real welcoming church through which Jesus expresses His loving, empowering heart.
Stage 4. Inspiring church: Learn 9 steps to practise on a daily basis so God can inspire others through you and your church as you pray, support, worship and work together.
This is an exciting and practical interactive book, full of Bible-based resources and principles to empower you in making lasting friends and transformative relationships in your church and community.
Excellent! I was drawn in immediately by this work.
--Deric Bartlett (Canada)
This book is not only an effective teaching tool; it is truly edifying. Dr. Brown's instruction rests squarely on Scripture and on years of proven ministry experience. Apply these principles and get ready to grow!
--Dan Pearson (USA)
Stewart Brown was born in Southampton, England, in 1951. He has taught in Jamaica, Nigeria and Barbardos and is currently at the Centre for West African Studies, University of Birmingham. He edited "Caribbean New Wave" and "Caribbean New Voices I" and co-edited "Voiceprint, Caribbean Poetry Now" and "The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry". He is a poet in his own right with "Zinder" and "Lugard's Bridge". Peepal Tree will publish his new collection, "Elsewhere", in 1998.
- <p>foreword Ix<br />acknowledgements Xi<br />how To Get The Most Out Of This Book Xiii<br />introduction Xv<br />stage One:<br />the Struggling Church 1<br />stage Two:<br />the Godly Church: God In Us, God Through Us 34<br />stage Three:<br />the Welcoming Church: Creating A Welcoming Culture 79<br />stage Four:<br />the Inspiring Church: Producing Passionate Participants 107<br />appendix A:<br />a Daily Plan For Welcoming Christians 135<br />appendix B:<br />transforming Real Church Membership 137<br />appendix C:<br />action Points For Group Study Of This Book 141<br />appendix D:<br />power Sundays&mdash;doing Church Worship God&rsquo;s Way 143<br />appendix E:<br />weekly Strategy For A 24/7 Welcoming Church 147</p><p>about The Author 151<br />selected Bibliography 153</p>